Given I’d been on the go, fairly solidly for 5 weeks, that last week seemed a long way away, and it started to feel as though the holiday wasn’t going to have much in it that was truly relaxing… so as I contemplated a week in Hungary I decided to base myself in Budapest and take it a bit easier.
What a great place in which to do it. I settled into an adorable apartment in Damjanic St which was within walking distance of City Park, Hero’s Square and actually the main part of town, if you didn’t mind walking everywhere. There’s so much to see there was no hardship in doing that. It was a joy.
I had a couple of days, one in which I was feeling under the weather and another when I actually got some work done so sight seeing was restricted to about 3 or 4 days in the week. The rest of the time was walks in the park, visits to the downstairs bakery and grocery where I could cook for myself for the week at ridiculously cheap prices and drinking Hungarian beer (not amazing) and eating goulash (totally amazing).
And it was a wonderful way to end an amazing trip. From here to a final night in Vienna where I went to hear Snarky Puppy an incredible Jazz band, a final night with Prisca in Frankfurt and dinner at Dauth Schneider with her brother where we drank Apfelwein (probably won’t do that again) and ate Frankfurter ‘Green Sauce’ (which I’d totally do again!) I caught the flight back to Melbourne via Bangkok – with some delays and a mad rush through Bangkok airport to get home! Quite the rush to end on…
Thanks to all those who I had the privilege to spend time with, to my wonderful hosts. I hope I get the return the favour in Melbourne sometime.